8 years after his death, Michael Jackson's Thriller has become the first album in recording history to be certified platinum 33 times.
In other words, the album has sold 33 million copies, making it the best-selling release in history. Counting both physical copies and streams, the album has generated more than $1 billion in sales.
Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, said, “Thriller has now become the first and only album to achieve an RIAA 33X Diamond Award, a moment forever etched in Gold & Platinum Program history. Congratulations on another ‘Thriller’ milestone.”